What is the problem?

Last Autumn, the European Commission sought to modernise copyright law to address the realities of current technology. While well intentioned, the EU’s planned changes to copyright law may have unintended consequences that could threaten the future of innovative research in Europe.

The current EU proposal limits Europe by imposing barriers to TDM, restricting its use to “scientific research” carried out by non-commercial “research organisations.” This means that only universities, libraries and public research institutions will be exempt, and even they would be prohibited from commercializing their breakthroughs.

As a result, European businesses, particularly startups, will suffer. Research organisations will also suffer as they will be prohibited from truly reaping their commercial benefits of their innovations. The cost to Europe in missed TDM research will mean fewer European discoveries and innovations in healthcare, in technology and across diverse industries.

Worse, public and private research, along with emerging jobs in data analytics, technology, and artificial intelligence will be slowed at precisely the moment when other countries, including China, Singapore, Australia and the United States, are eliminating barriers for entities that use TDM.